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Olias Of Sunhollow
Olias Of Sunhollow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open your ears!, 25 April 2016
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This review is from: Olias Of Sunhollow (Audio CD)
Probably 25 years since I heard this last and yet it still manages to captivate. Some of Jon Anderson's most heart melting melodies sung in his own distinctive style. Its aged surprisingly well. Only his collaboration with Vangelis on Heaven & Hell matches this.


The First Twenty Years
The First Twenty Years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and the next 20 years?, 3 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The First Twenty Years (Audio CD)
excellent intro to anyone who wonders what the Neal Morse era was all about, plus versions 2 and 3 of the band with Nick DV and the current vocalist Ted Leonard out front. THe new Morse penned track is a terrifc inclusion and seems to cut to a 'live in the studio' drum-off between NDV and Jimmy Keegan. Come on Neal, do what the fans want and tour with Spock's one more time!


The Masquerade Overture
The Masquerade Overture
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over to you!, 11 Nov. 2015
This review is from: The Masquerade Overture (Audio CD)
I am a late arrival to Pendragon's music, but will move heaven & earth to see them live. My introduction to the band's music came via Pure, an absolute cracker of an album, revitalsing the band's fan base. So, although I've kept up with each new issue, I hadnt gone back beyond Believe, which is a bridge between the 'old' and newer styles of Pure and Passion. When I read that Pendragon would be touring this albium, naturally I had to investigate. I hadnt appreciated that the album features Paintbox and the simply wonderful Masters Of Illusion, but also KIng of The Castle. THis is splendid stuff! Barrett was on a roll when he came up with the melodies and the guitar solos, which to my ears are amongst the best things he's wriiten. He gets excellent support from the rest of the band, Clive Nolan in particular on keys and backing vocals. Roll on May 2016, when I'll get to hear the whole thing live!


New World
New World
Price: £26.70

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5.0 out of 5 stars New earth!, 22 Oct. 2015
This review is from: New World (Audio CD)
IO Earth are an interesting band; I found the last album 'Moments' a little underwhelming, a band treading water. Here, they go all out with a new stronger line-up. The odd thing with this double album is the different sound on each cd. CD1 exhibits the voice of their new vocalist, with Dave Cureton very much pared back on guitar. CD2 is like a different band, with a male lead vocal on several tracks and the guitar brought to the front and featuring some blistering solos. The rock sound is broken up by occasional sax or violin and all the better for it. Would be good to hear this live, guys!
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Light
Light
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light at the end of the tunnel..., 28 May 2015
This review is from: Light (Audio CD)
I am delighted that this new cd is avaialble on Amazon, hopefully reaching a wider audience than just the Magenta/prog audience. Tina Booth or Christina as she prefers to be known, has been through a lot in the last couple of years. The fact that she has chosen to document some of that turmoil and heartache shows great courage. Eschewing the more complex prog arrangements for straightforward rock ballads works well, allowing her voice to shine. Rob Reed adds beautiful tones on grand piano. John Mitchell is on guitar on at least one track. 'Disappeared' is one of the most poignant ballads you'll ever hear , which after many listens still brings tears to my eyes. Not prog, but it doesnt need to be.


Foreplay / Long Time
Foreplay / Long Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars It may be a long time, but it's still brilliant!, 1 May 2015
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A trult stunning piece of classic rock. almost perfect in every way


Spectral Mornings 2015
Spectral Mornings 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog royalty pay tribute, 1 May 2015
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This review is from: Spectral Mornings 2015 (Audio CD)
just to add to the other superlative reviews already posted. The combination of Christina's and David's vocals plus Hackett's guitar make for an exqusite sound. The two initail versions stand out by far and its worth parting with your fiver just to hear Christina in such good form after a very tough couple of years. I hope there is more to come from this collaboration which has set the bar for all others


Through the Fire
Through the Fire
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3.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance - just an Illusion?, 27 April 2015
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This review is from: Through the Fire (Audio CD)
I was drawn to this as fan of both Renaissance and Illusion and given the glimmer of the last recorded output by Illusion. Well, it isnt that exactly, there would need to a lot more Jane Relf for my liking, but its hard not to like the melodies or the arrangements. A liitle more guitar wouldnt have gone amiss, but then there's no John Knightsbridge this time around. Having said this, it brought back memories to hear Jim McCarty's familar stylings; Sadly Jane doesnt take a single lead vocal, but, its a solo album from the Renaissance & Illusion founder, so I guess I was expecting something else...


Please Come Home
Please Come Home
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Open the pod bay doors, Hal', 4 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Please Come Home (Audio CD)
No need to repeat what's already been said about the multi-talented Mr Mitchell, a stalwart of the prog scene both on stage and both sides of the mixing desk. The album features some strong prog pop songs and at times feels quite cinematic. this is probably intentional, given the subject matter. If I'm honest, I've never been entirely sure about John's vocal style, but his voice suits the material beautifully here. And in a master stroke, he's also enlisted the singing talents of Heather Findlay, Kim Seviour, Peter Cox etc; a ploy that adds depth and variety to the songs. And then there's the guitar solos. Ah - the solos! if you're a Mitchell fan then you expect finesse and power in his solos and that is exactly what you get here. One for discerning prog fans everywhere.

oh - my title? Well, JM references 2001 A Space Odyssey in the liner notes - I thought I'd do the same!


Second Nature
Second Nature
Price: £11.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Colors - Second nature, 27 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Second Nature (Audio CD)
The pedigree of this band speaks volumes. Given their various commitments to there main bands ie Transatlantic, Alpha Rev, Purple, etc its amazing that they can produce a record of this quality. I wasnt moved enough by the 1st outing to go and buy it, but having seen them play a blinding set in London recetly, this was a no brainer. Glorious memorable choruses, great vocals from Casey and to a lesser degree Neil Morse, excellent guitar from Steve Morse and keys from the other Morse plus power house drumming from the ubiquotous Mike Pornoy, underpinned by fluid bass palying make this a sure fire hit.


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